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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Weather ~ Throw Back Thursday ~ Dash ~ Geese ~ Tom ~ Tree Swallow ~ Brown Sugar Pineapple Pork Roast ~ Boobs ~ W.I.N.E ~ Pretzel History

Good 45º scattered clouds morning.
Yesterday stayed clear and we topped at 91º !!!! Hopefully as predicted it will rain tonight and tomorrow. This high heat is bizarre.
Happy Throw Back Thursday......... This photo shared by pal Miss Bonnie at the Sheriff's Dept Annual Chili Cook Off.... probably 1979. 
L-R Brian, Jerry, me, Jim Klinger, Bonnie Klinger (now she is Bonnie Sieberts) and I don't know who the boy is standing in front of Miss Bonnie. I think this was our first year and the booth was called DX Chili (DX for Distinguished Expert) and then later it became Deranged Chili (since both Jerry and Jim worked at the BC Range!)

Speaking of Brian.... here is a picture of Dash out walking with Brian. He's growing!
My geese came for a visit yesterday.......... and hung around for a while.
Mr. Tom came by to sample the corn I left for the geese...
And a Tree Swallow was perched on the electrical line. They have nested in several of the birdhouses on my porch.

Do you have a crock pot? Do you like simple recipes? Do you like pork? This is super for warm weather cooking!!
Brown Sugar Pineapple Roast Pork
6 lb pork shoulder butt roast
20 oz can pineapple chunks
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  1. Place your roast in your 4 quart slow cooker (I used Mr. Big, my 4-quart Crock Pot) with the fat side up
  2. Pour your pineapple chunks, juices and all, over your roast
  3. Sprinkle your brown sugar all over the top of your roast
  4. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, use a meat thermometer to ensure that the center of your roast reaches safe cooking temperature
  5. Serve your roast with the cooking juices

    • When you serve this yummy roast, you will want to either serve it with the cooking juices poured over top or with the cooking juices poured in a small dish for dipping. The juices just take this roast up a notch.
Historically this date........
1944 – Georgios Papandreou becomes head of the Greek government-in-exile based inEgypt.
1962 – NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.
1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in theSoviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.


And births this date include...
1900 – Charles Richter, American geophysicist (d. 1985)
1933 – Carol Burnett, American comedian

Carol lived with her mother in Hollywood on Cherokee Avenue in a brownstone between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca. My grandmother and aunt lived a block over on Whitley Avenue. Didn't know Carol (she wasn't famous yet) but probably had walked past her apartment building a bunch of times.
1938 – Duane Eddy, American musician
1942 – Bobby Rydell, American singer


This is amazing.......... this British woman had several "surgeries" to get the "largest fake breasts in the world" ! Why? Heck, each one weighs 20 pounds!

I certainly can't understand why she wanted to do this, except for the notoriety she gets. Certainly not sexy. Just plain weird!!!
Ok, dinner was reruns, then chair, wine, and TV.
BTW, I have this W.I.N.E. sign...

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

 A bag of nice crunchy, salty pretzels or a big, warm, soft, cinnamon pretzel is the question of the day.  Either one is an excellent choice.
There are a few different accounts of the origin of the pretzel.  Most people agree that it does have a Christian background, and they were developed by the monks.  According to The History of Science and Technology, in 610 AD, “an Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers.  He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, pretiola (little rewards).”
Another source puts the invention in a monastery in southern France. The looped pretzel may also be related to a Greek Ring bread from the communion bread used in monasteries a thousand years ago.  In the Catholic Church, pretzels had a religious significance for both ingredients and shape. The loops in pretzel may have served a practical purpose: bakers could hang them on sticks, projecting upwards from a central column, as shown in Job Berckheyde’s (1681) painting.
The Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants introduced pretzels to North America in the 19th century.  At this time, many handmade pretzel bakeries populated central Pennsylvania, and their popularity quickly spread.
It was in the 20th century that soft pretzels were very popular in areas such as Philadelphia, Chicago and New York. 
  • Today, the average Philadelphian consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average.
  • Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both hard and soft pretzels, producing 80% of the nation’s pretzels.
  • The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million.
  • The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year.
  • Philadelphia opened a privately run “Pretzel Museum” in 1993.
  • Hard pretzels originated in the United States in 1850.
Following are a few recipes for you to enjoy:

National Pretzel Day began in 2003 when Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 “National Pretzel Day” to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy.